Chiwetel Ejiofor (‘The Old Guard’): “There is action and fantasy and a healthy amount of philosophy and existential angst” – Movie News

Netflix premieres this adaptation of the comic by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández about a group of immortal mercenaries.

Adaptation of comic by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández about a group of immortal mercenaries, The Old Guard, with Charlize Theron (Atomic), Kiki Layne (The Beale Street blues) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange), premieres in Netflix with the aim of injecting new energy into fantasy and action films.

Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and co-starring Matthias Schoenaerts (Red sparrow) Marwan Kenzari (Aladdin) y Luca Marinelli (Martin Eden), in the role of the immortal mercerarian team, The old guard is for Chiwetel Ejiofor “an action-fantasy film with a healthy amount of philosophy and existential angst,” in words drawn from an interview with SensaCine on the occasion of the launch of The old guard on Netflix.

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Action and philosophy, an undoubtedly intriguing and very attractive combination as claimed by another of the great sidekicks of The old guard, Harry Melling (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), a film with which the platform of streaming takes a new step in its bid to bill original content focused on the action genre.


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“I think one of the best things about this movie is the way the action goes hand in hand with the philosophical parts, to call them that,” says Melling, head of Merrick, a character who “is a great example of how power, ambition and obsession lead you to bring out the best in yourself”, has responded, jokingly, the also actor of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

“I think one of the best things about ‘The Old Guard’ is the way the action matches the philosophical parts.

The old guard is the story of a small group of mercenaries, the most lethal in the world, who are immortal. Led by Andy (Charlize Theron), the old guard team fight the injustices of the world, but in their last mission they will have to face two dangerous situations: the threat of a company that seems to have discovered their secret and the appearance of Nile (Kiki Layne), a mysterious soldier who is going to upset the group.


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Another of the mysterious characters of The old guard it is precisely the role that plays Chiwetel Ejiofor, Copley. This is how his main actor defines him: “He is a guy who has gone through very difficult times and has suffered losses. But he has a global vision of things and his relationship with Merrick is based on a certain social advance, it is a relationship that is based on an attempt at progress. He is someone who, therefore, is going to cross certain moral and ethical borders, but he believes that all this responds to an intention to do good and for progress “.

Copley is a guy who’s been through some tough times and has suffered losses. But he has a global vision of things and his relationship with Merrick is based on a certain social advance, it is a relationship that is based on an attempt to progress.

No-touch action

For his part, Marwan Kenzari, Joe in The old guard, He has explained to us the hard training they underwent to be at the required level as the immortal warriors that they are. This is what the interpreter has told us about the brutal action scenes of the film of Gina Prince-Bythewood: “We had like six, seven weeks of training and rehearsals of fight choreography, sword training, hand-to-hand training … We did a good training in military installations …”.

We had like six, seven weeks of training and rehearsals of fight choreography, sword training, hand-to-hand training …

“Actually, there is a lot of work and a lot of preparation time, especially for the team of the action scenes so that everything is soldered well”, details the interpreter of Murder on the Orient Express and The Angel.


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For Marwan Kenzari, Previous work has been tough, but the required level of excellence would not have been achieved without the help of stuntmen and fight scene choreographers. “If the action scenes turn out well, the credit actually goes to the creators of these sequences.”, has confessed.

The old guard adapts the comic from Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández to tell us the story of a group of immortal mercenaries. The film is an original production of Netflix y Skydance and is available from July 10 on the platform streaming.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor (‘The Old Guard’): “There is action and fantasy and a healthy amount of philosophy and existential angst” – Movie News

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